Putin says Russia’s World Cup stadiums should remain soccer venues

By Gabrielle T?trault-Farber Kaliningrad, Russia, July 20 : Russian President Vladimir Putin said today that the country’s 12 World Cup venues should be mainly used for soccer, and not transformed into concert halls or exhibition centres. Russia hosted the World Cup in 11 cities in June and July without any major security or discriminatory incidents, […]

Cazorla delighted to be back on pitch after long injury layoff

By Joseph Cassinelli Madrid, July 19 : Spanish midfielder Santi Cazorla said it was “very special” to be playing top-level football again after making his comeback following an injury-plagued 21 months. The former Arsenal playmaker, who had skin removed from his forearm and grafted on to his leg after undergoing eight operations on a persistent […]

Late Viera winner takes Guoan to CSL summit

By Michael Church HONG KONG, July 18 : Beijing Guoan moved to the top of the Chinese Super League on Wednesday as Jonathan Viera’s late strike saw Roger Schmidt’s side down Henan Jianye 2-1 to leapfrog Shanghai SIPG at the summit. Viera swept his effort home three minutes from fulltime as Beijing moved into top […]

Sarri wants to keep Hazard at Chelsea and improve him

By Nischal Schwager-Patel LONDON, July 18 : Chelsea coach Maurizio Sarri wants to keep Belgian forward Eden Hazard at the Premier League club and improve him as a player. Hazard, part of the Belgium team who finished third at the World Cup, has been linked with European champions Real Madrid and hinted last week he […]